I think “Beam Me Up, Scotty” is a quotation that most of the Western World would know, and I would even venture to say that the Millennials can identify it. I am not a fan of television and haven’t watched it for at least thirty years, but even I know that line, from my youth. So, I think of the great wooden actor and major emoter from Canada for his work in Judgement in Nuremberg and the classic The Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” but my Bride is a “Trekkie.” She may be a low key one, as she doesn’t dress in the costumes, but she knows all of the shows and movies. I knew that I wouldn’t have to repeat my words, when I told her that there was going to be a new exhibit at The Henry Ford. The Henry Ford is the new name for one of the greatest tourist attractions in Michigan, it is The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village, plus all the other auxiliary tours and cinemas on the grounds. The exhibit Star Wars: Exploring New Worlds got her attention immediately. I love museums and when I was a kid, a friend and I would ride our bicycles from our homes in Detroit to the grounds on plenty of Saturdays during Summer vacation and we would either tour the museum or the village each time. This exhibit was for my Bride, but I enjoyed it as well.
This exhibit was up there for her, like the time that I waited on Robert Picardo that played a Hologram Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager and he gave me an autographed publicity photo for her. I am a movie fan and I enjoy the gadgets and the memorabilia that was exhibited, and most of it was one man’s collection that was on loan to the museum. I mean looking at some of the original phasers, tri-corders and uniforms, and parts of the sets, all looked rather cheesy, but I guess that was part of the allure and glamor that made everyone watch the show every week. While she was exclaiming that most of the actors must not have been big in size, looking at the tunics, I was mesmerized by the uniform of “Seven of Nine” and I guess that makes me a bit of a pervert, and I can live with it. While there were Tribbles, there was only mention of my favorite kind of regular returning role of Harry Mudd. There was even a booth where one could go and scream “Khan” for all of you die hard fans, and my Bride showed decorum and passed on the booth, though I think she watched some others do it. We actually made a video of us teleporting, but she didn’t want me posting it, so I have a photo of me in a Borg “regeneration cell” and she knew what it was.
All of this fun, required a little refreshment as we were getting parched, so we ventured into the Michigan Café in the museum building, and as you can surmise the food centers on Michigan products. We decided to have some white wine, actually that was the only wine being offered that day, though there were a couple of Michigan craft-beers being offered. We had the Black Star Farms Red House White NV from the Leelanau Peninsula. Black Star Farms began in 1998 and was originally an equestrian facility of 160 acres. Not only is there a winery and tasting room, they have an Inn, a café and a dinner restaurant and they are also a popular venue for weddings. This particular wine was a new one for us, and we have been to the winery. This wine is a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc and was a very easy drinking white with some stone fruit flavor and a finish that would be termed off dry. I could see it with any of the classic versions of White Fish that can be found in Michigan and it was a good wine to have a chat with, as we were doing, because we were going out for dinner later that evening. “Live long and prosper.”